Developed by international experts

In collaboration with other United Nations and international organisations

Offered in different languages

Availabe in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish

More than 1000 policy makers have joined our programmes

From 40 different nationalities

Trade Facilitation Modules

Understanding Trade Facilitation

Identify key concepts of trade facilitation and why trade facilitation is increasingly important

Trade Facilitation
and Development

Discover the benefits of implementing trade facilitation reforms and how these reforms can contribute to a country’s development

Trade Facilitation
Indexes and Reports

Explore the most used trade facilitation Indexes and Reports and understand the importance of using trade facilitation indexes and reports

National Trade Facilitation Committees

Understand the concept of national trade facilitation committees and identify the key factors that contribute to the success and sustainability of the committee

Introduction to the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Find out about the history, structure, nature of obligations and importance of the preferential and differential treatment provisions under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Understanding the Provisions of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Explore the different provisions of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and learn what each provision requires, what is not included in each provision and what countries should check to make sure they are in compliance with the provision

Technical Barriers to Trade and Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures in the context of Trade Facilitation

Learn about the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, and the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and their relationship with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Standards and recommendations by UN/CEFACT

Explore various international standards, recommendations and tools designed and published by organizations like the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)

These Trade Facilitation
change drivers have some nice
things to say about the Programme

The courses show that trade facilitation is much more than just the TFA, in that they also help to put the Agreement into a broader perspective by addressing the intricate interplay of the various provisions with commerce and the wider sustainable development agenda


Ricky Jnbaptiste,  Attaché, Mission of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States in Geneva

The mode of delivery with the short videos and accompanying script are easy to follow and the information is very useful in allowing the members of the National Trade Facilitation Committees to better understand why we should keep moving forward with great vigour with our trade facilitation agenda


Lydia S. Dariah, Trade Facilitation Focal Point, Ministry of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs, Saint Lucia

Meet our team

Alexandre Larouche-Maltais

Economic affairs officer
Alexandre holds a B.A. from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a Master’s degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Prior to joining UNCTAD, he has worked at the International Trade Center and The Conference Board of Canada. He is fluent in French and English

Arantzazu Sanchez Belastegui

Economic affairs officer
Arántzazu studied Political Sciences in Spain and Germany and holds a Postgraduate Master on European Political and Administrative Studies of the College of Europe in Belgium. A Spanish national, she is fluent in English, French, German and Portuguese. She joined UNCTAD in 2012

Bismark Sitorus

Economic affairs officer
Bismark is an Economist at UNCTAD with more than 20 years experience in trade facilitation reforms and standardization, trade policy, trade statistics, and related technical assistance and capacity building delivered in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean

Celine Bacrot

Economic affairs officer
Celine Bacrot is a trade economist with a focus on regional integration and trade facilitation. She has more than 20 years’ experience in trade development strategies and was based for 10 years in East Africa (2008-2018). She has a Master degree in Economic Development as well as a Degree in Political Science, Development and Co-operation from the University of Paris-La Sorbonne

Clariesse Chan

Economic affairs officer
Clariesse is an international trade lawyer from the Philippines. She has studied B.S. in Management and holds both a Juris Doctor degree from Ateneo de Manila University and a Master of Laws degree in International Economic Law and Policy from Universitat de Barcelona. Before joining UNCTAD in 2017, she has worked at the International Trade Center in Geneva, the International Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels and in various law firms in the Philippines

Julian Fraga-Campos

Economic affairs officer
Julian Fraga-Campos is an Agricultural Engineer with more than 10 years’ experience in agribusiness and production systems. Chilean national, he holds a Master's in Marketing Management and Distribution Channels from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Prior to joining UNCTAD in 2014, he worked in trade-related issues in the private sector

Pamela Ugaz Ph.D.

Economic affairs officer
Pamela is an international trade lawyer with over 14 years of experience in trade policy, trade facilitation, regional integration, and project management. She collaborates with the UNCTAD Trade Facilitation Section since 2013, conducting research and technical assistance projects towards the implementation of Trade Facilitation reforms in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Poul Hansen

CHIEF OF SECTION, ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Poul is responsible for issues relating to Trade Facilitation at UNCTAD and has experience from both UN and the private sector relating to transport facilitation and logistics. Poul holds a Master level degree in Business Administration and International Law from the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
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